Essential information for UK architects
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
As ever, I trust we find you well and that you are finding success in your practice, and perhaps also time for a summer break.
It has been a busy two months since I spoke to you in the most recent edition of ARB Insight, Our 2022 Annual Report was laid in Parliament on 13 July, and it attests to the significant progress we are making towards meeting the goals we set for ARB in our Corporate Strategy.
As you likely know, our ambitions to modernise the regulation of architects target several areas, including continuing professional development (CPD), initial education and training, and forging stronger reciprocal ties with international counterparts, facilitating new routes to registration. We are also focused on modernising ARB itself, updating our technology and transforming both the way we communicate with Registrants and the way they manage their relationship with us.
Minimising risks and protecting your interests – using Professional Consultants Certificates
Professional Consultants Certificates (commonly known as PCCs) are often signed by architects. They provide reassurance that construction work has been carried out in a way that is compliant with Building Regulations and any contractual instructions for the purposes of securing a mortgage on a property. By signing a Professional Consultants Certificate you are creating liabilities to current and future owners. However, Professional Consultants Certificates are not guarantees for construction as an NHBC (National House Building Council) Warranty would be, and before issuing one you may want to take legal advice on whether it is appropriate.